Smithfield Foods has unveiled plans to build a new distribution centre and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina.
The food company has allocated $100m to bring both projects to life. The project will create nearly 250 new jobs while additional employment opportunities will also be available within Smithfield's logistics partner.
Construction of the new distribution centre is expected to commence this month. The new distribution centre will spread over an area of 500,000 sq ft and can accommodate 47,000 pallets.
The blast cell cold storage expansion is under progress and will increase the facility's capacity by 140 million pounds. Both projects are scheduled to be completed fall 2018.
Smithfield Foods president and CEO Kenneth Sullivan said: “This expansion reflects the promising new era we're experiencing at Smithfield.
"It supports our continued growth and helps us better serve our customers by providing additional capacity and optimizing our distribution footprint."
Smithfield Foods senior vice president of supply chain & direct store delivery Dennis Organ said: “At Smithfield, we're constantly evaluating strategies to achieve greater operational efficiencies and make our supply chain more sustainable. This project will help us accomplish both goals while better serving our customers in the south-eastern US."